Here’s The Other Oscars Blunder No One Is Talking About

An Australian producer’s photo was mistakenly used to pay tribute to an Australian costume designer who passed away in the Oscars “In Memoriam” segment.

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Announcing the wrong "Best Picture" winner wasn’t the only major flub at the Academy Awards.

The overshadowed blunder of the night happened during the Oscars' “In Memoriam” segment, honoring those in the film industry who have passed away in the last year. A photo that appeared in the montage belonged to a producer who is alive and well.

The name and title of the deceased was correct, Janet Patterson — an Australian costume designer and repeat Oscar nominee. However, the image used for Patterson was actually the likeness of Jan Chapman, an Aussie producer who worked with Patterson on “The Piano” and “Bright Star,” The Huffington Post reports.

The Twittersphere quickly noticed the error and wasted no time calling the Academy out.  

“I am alive and well and an active producer,” Chapman reportedly wrote to Variety, while also noting she was devastated that her image was used in place of her “great friend and longtime collaborator.”

Thanks to the shocking best picture mix-up, the fact that the Academy mistakenly killed someone off has gone virtually unnoticed.

According to Variety, the Academy hasn’t commented publicly on the mistake, but let’s just hope someone is drafting a very lengthy and eloquent apology to Chapman. 

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